Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger, following in the footsteps of older brothers Kenny and Danny, made his own kind of music Friday.
The freshman infielder drove in three runs on three hits to help the Stanford baseball team down host Rice, 5-3, in the opener of a four-game nonconference series.
Mikey Diekroeger. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/Isiphotos.com.
Freshman first baseman Matt Winaker added three hits to his rapidly growing collection and improved his team-leading batting average to .394.
He also leads the Cardinal (5-4) with seven runs, two homers, eight RBI and a .727 slugging percentage. He's tied for the lead in doubles and triples.
Stanford scored four runs in the first, two on Diekroeger's double. Diekroeger's infield hit in the third plated another run. The former Knight entered play with one hit among his first 12 at bats.
Alex Dunlap, with his third double of the season, drove in Stanford's first run. Jonny Locher added an RBI in the inning.
Rice rallied to within 5-3 after three innings, but both pitching staffs were up to the challenge the rest of the way.
Quantrill, with an ERA of 1.93, allowed two hits after the third and retired the final eight batters he faced.
Cardinal freshmen accounted for 10 of the team's 13 hits. Quinn Brodey had two, while Beau Branton and Bryce Carter each singled once to join Diekroeger and Winaker.
Stanford and Rice continue the series at Reckling Park tomorrow for a doubleheader starting at noon. Marc Brakeman (0-1, 1.50) will get the ball in the first game.
Menlo 9, Grace 1
Alex Boucher doubled twice among his three hits and drove in four runs, supporting Thomas Cox's complete game effort on Friday.
The Oaks (12-6) and visiting Royals (2-5) continue their series with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Brett Solano (4-0, 3.41) starts the first game, with Nate Harris (0-3, 5.29) slated to start the nightcap.
Cox (3-0, 2.50) set a high standard with his eight-hitter. The junior lefthander struck out a season-high 10 and did not issue a walk.
He pitched his way out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth, thanks in large part to second baseman Nick Quejado, who a line drive up the middle and turned it into an inning-ending double play.
Boucher drove in Menlo's first run with a second-inning double. He added a bases-clearing double in the seventh to become the sixth Menlo player to drive in at least 10 runs.
Wes Hoskins, who is hitting .424, paces the Oaks with 18 RBI. He also leads the team with 10 doubles.